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Director Jaume Collet-Serra made his directorial debut in 2005 with the remake of the genre classic House of Wax. Now he’s back with a new project, Orphan, which he hopes will give horror fans a taste of what he finds truly terrifying: exploring the dark side of human nature.

Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra

In Orphan we meet Esther. She’s a young girl who is taken in by a family, and as time passes, we realize just how disturbed she is and how her obsessive nature starts taking over in deadly ways,” explained Collet-Serra. “Orphan is my way of digging deep into the idea that everyone needs to feel loved and accepted, but I wanted to look at it from a dark perspective.”

Orphan stars Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, CCH Pounder, and Isabelle Fuhrman as the “devastatingly haunting” Esther. “Isabelle’s performance in the film is jaw-dropping,” said Collet-Serra. “This young girl has the talent to work for decades to come. She was a revelation to work with.

Collet-Serra went on to talk about the rest of his Orphan cast. “Vera’s performance as a mother who struggles with her own demons and then comes to realize what Esther’s true nature is really sets the tone for the entire film,” Collet-Serra added. “Peter has some amazing scenes as well. I really could not have asked for a better cast. They were a dream to direct and collaborate with.

Even though this time around he’s helming an “intellectual” horror film, Collet-Serra looks back fondly on his House of Wax (review here) debut, which was more of a slasher/gore flick than a psycho-drama piece like Orphan.

Collet-Serra said, “I loved remaking House of Wax. We had such a great time filming that movie. I think that our approach to the story was really great, and I enjoyed making a slasher movie. The whole cast were troopers, especially Paris, who undoubtedly had one of the more creative deaths that we filmed. It was a big project to take on for a first film, but I still love it.

After Orphan Collet-Serra hopes to continue to work within the realm of horror, as he really enjoys the type of storytelling that the genre lends itself to.

What I think is really interesting about horror is that the bottom line is that like laughing, everyone likes to be scared from time to time. If you can take an emotion like fear and tell interesting stories alongside it, it’s a wonderful way to connect with audiences.” Collet-Serra added, “I’ve been lucky to be able to demonstrate how diverse my storytelling abilities are within two different types of horror films. I can’t wait to see what I get to do next.

Thanks to Gemma Cacho at Warner Brothers for coordinating the interview.

Orphan opens July 24th, 2009. Check out a few stills and the trailer below.

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Horror Earns Several Nominations at This Year’s Spirit Awards

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While horror as a genre may not get the love and respect it deserves at the Academy Awards, other award ceremonies are proving that they are ahead of the curve and are giving the genre the appreciation it so rightfully deserves. A perfect example came about to day when the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards released their list of nominees and its packed to the brim with horror titles.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out netted five nominations, include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead, and Best Editing. Most Beautiful Island, The Transfiguration, and A Ghost Story are nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which highlights the best features made for less than $500,000. Super Dark Times‘ director Kevin Phillips was nominated for the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch award. Lastly, The Killing of a Sacred Deer got two nominations, one for Best Supporting Male and one for Best Cinematography.

We offer our congratulations to the nominees and wish them all the best of luck! Keep making amazing horror and keep pushing boundaries to show the rest of the world just how powerful, important, and necessary horror is to our society!

The rest of the nominees can be found at the Spirit Awards website.

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Inoperable starring Danielle Harris Gets New Poster and Limited December Release Date

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Last year we here at Dread Central premiered the trailer for the upcoming Danielle Harris hospital horror flick Inoperable from director Christopher Lawrence Chapman.

Today we have the film’s all-new poster and news that the film will finally be hitting select theaters on December 1st.

I just watched the trailer again myself and I have to say I am really looking forward to the film. I dig the location, the hurricane aspect, the psychological horror of the situation and the whole she-bang.

Count me to check out the film as soon as it hits Blu-ray and/or VOD (hopefully) within the new year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

What do you think of the trailer and new poster for Inoperable? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Miller. The film stars Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, and Isabella Sofia Menna.

Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the film’s makeup effects, with David Henson Greathouse (Syfy’s “FaceOff”) supervising, and he, Barry Aslinger, and Beki Ingram handling the bulk of the effects. Philip Jessen is unit production manager, Ashley Eberbach is first assistant director, and Bobby Marinelli is production designer.

Inoperable hits select theaters December 1st.

Synopsis:

A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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